A’I Cofán

Cofan Bermejo, Sucumbíos, Ecuador

About The Tribe:

The A'i Cofan number approximately 2,100 and control most of the Cofan Bermejo rainforest, an area of approximately 4,000 km² northeast Ecuador. Living between the Guamués and the Aguaricó River, the A'i Cofan fight back against small-scale gold-miners and new, large-scale concessions invading their forest land.

Today, the tribe represent the last remnants of one of the most knowledgeable and rich cultures that ever emerged from the Amazon basin. With centuries of slowly developed wisdom, they hold the keys to an incredible body of information concerning the preservation of nature and the everyday rhythms of the Amazonian rainforest.

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Environmental Change

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Petroleum And Oil Spills

The Ecuadorian Amazon is contractually divided into oil concession areas, so called ‘blocks’. Each block is assigned to different national and international companies.


In the region of the A’i Cofan (Sucumbíos province), 39 oil blocks are allocated for operation. This map captures petroleum infrastructure, oil spills and environmental liabilities reported in Orellana Sucumbíos province. 

Sources: SENPLADES 2013 and Social and Environmental Remediation Programme 2014.